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EU 261 claims statute of limitation: ECJ says time-limits for bringing legal actions are determined by each Member State


The first step when claiming compensation is making sure that your your claim is not time-barred, i.e. that it is not too late to claim. The ECJ ruled on this question on November 22, 2012.

Time-limits for bringing EU 261 legal actions are determined by each Member State

On November 22, 2012 the European Court of Justice ruled in Joan Cuadrench Moré v Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij NV on the EU261 statute of limitation.

The Court said: “Regulation No 261/2004 contains no provision fixing a time-limit for bringing actions to enforce the rights guaranteed by that regulation.”

And added: “It follows that the time-limits for bringing actions for compensation under Articles 5 and 7 of Regulation No 261/2004 are determined by the national law of each Member State, provided that those rules observe the principles of equivalence and effectiveness”.

Read the entire decision here .

by Frédéric PELOUZE, Weclaim Founder and Director

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